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Module

LAW3015 : Environmental Law

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Ole Pedersen
  • Lecturer: Mrs Jennifer Wardle
  • Owning School: Newcastle Law School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The aims of the module is to offer an overview of:
•       The definition, basic theoretical concepts and historical background of UK environmental law
•       The general legal framework and different regulatory regimes for the protection of the environment
•       Key aspects of the law concerned with pollution control, nature conservation and environmental impact assessment
•       A number of emerging themes within environmental law and policy

Outline Of Syllabus

The module covers the following issues: Introduction to environmental law and regulation, international environmental law, EU environmental law, theoretical background and environmental values. In addition the module covers a number of specific subjects of environmental regulation such as nature conservation, biotechnology, pollution control, climate change, and the role of private law in environmental protection. Finally, the module considers issues of environmental justice and access to environmental information and public participation.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials181:0018:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Assessment prep
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading150:0050:00Reading, seminar preparation and other independent learning.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion91:009:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery111:0011:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study178:0078:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Asynchronous lectures establish the framework of knowledge and demonstrate aspects of technique and seminars allow detailed application of knowledge and technique. The synchronous seminars will always require advance preparation. The private study takes the form of directed study following on from lectures and in preparing for seminars. The teaching method promotes knowledge and understanding of the subject matter and allows for the development of the skills of analysis, synthesis, critical judgement and evaluation

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M1003500 words
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1M500 word essay plan
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The summative assessed coursework will give students the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their research skills, and their ability to understand the operation of law within the environmental law in general, and present coherent arguments supported by appropriate legal basis, precedent and policy argument. The coursework will offer students a chance to develop their interest in one of the topic areas studied in the module, developing research skills and encouraging deeper analytical study. The formative 500 word essay outline will allow students to develop their research skills and plans for the summative assessment giving students the opportunity to develop their research skills and presentation.

Reading Lists

Timetable